In a ruling that may have implications (pdf) in Texas and across the country, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed a lower court’s decision striking down two North Carolina congressional districts. The Court found that they were drawn on the basis of race without sufficient justification.

Following the Court’s decision, U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez asked the parties in the Texas redistricting lawsuit to file briefs addressing the effects of the decision “on the various claims in the congressional and Texas House cases.” Briefs are due June 6. Rodriguez also directed the state to consider whether it would “voluntarily undertake redistricting in a special session.”

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